This week, I started my author studies. Like many of you, I started with Kevin Henkes and the book Chrysanthemum. Kevin Henkes is known for his cute little stories that are so relatable to kids. I was once told Mr. Henkes told an audience of teachers that he couldn't draw people which is why he drew mice. My kiddos LOVE when I tell them that. We spent the interactive lesson pointing out things that are unique to Kevin Henkes. We always notice that he creates a bunch of little illustrations to represent all of the minor events that occur and doesn't just draw one. We also noticed that his WORD CHOICE is great! I love how he uses the word "wilted" to describe how Chrysanthemum is feeling when her classmates tease her. I always ask a student to stand up and demonstrate what that looks like. They get the body sinking action but I always have to mention that facial expressions also add to how a person is feeling.
We began to get our Writer's Notebooks ready by gluing our cover of choice onto our new awesome notebooks that each child picked out at the dollar store with their parents.
The conversation we had actually went right to the heart of the matter. When we finished reading the book the students were able to understand the symbolism of the bucket and how it represents your heart.
Some of the students really took off writing in their Mindful Journals. Others have more difficulty expressing themselves in writing. When I asked, "What do you think bucket filling is?" they were able to respond verbally and then, with guidance, write down their thought.
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I'm very excited for next week! We will be starting our interactive notebooks with more lessons with Kevin Henkes as our author and we will continue to focus on generating ideas for writing. Once you have ideas ~ you can really soar. We will also continue with learning about ourselves and becoming more mindful of ourselves and others.
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